Programming & Events Grants support innovative on-campus faculty programming and projects that connect artistic practice with theory, criticism, and history.


The Stanford Arts Institute invites applications for grants for innovative arts programming and events for the 2015-16 academic year. Stanford faculty and academic staff are eligible to apply for funds for programming that integrates the arts throughout the university. Proposals should seek to engage faculty, students, and the community through compelling programs. Proposals can be for programs that are integrated into long-term scholarly or curricular activities, or can be used to launch new projects and events.

Particularly encouraged are proposals that support partnerships between the arts and other disciplines, proposals that cross multiple arts disciplines and departments, as well as proposals that bring together multiple Stanford schools and/or presenting units.

Grant Details

  • All Stanford faculty and academic staff are eligible to apply. Graduate students and non-academic staff may apply with a faculty or academic staff co-sponsor.
  • Proposals will be considered in any arts discipline, including but not limited to: the performing arts, the visual arts, creative writing, multimedia arts programs, and conferences or symposia that incorporate arts elements.
  • Proposals will be considered for programs or events taking place in academic year 2015-16 (September 2015-June 2016).
  • Funds will be awarded on a competitive basis. Awards are not renewable.
  • Funds cannot be used for salary payments.
  • Projects must incorporate an on-campus public presentation component.
  • Applications will be accepted at two levels:
    • Mini grant (up to $5,000): for small projects or co-sponsorship of larger endeavors.
    • Major grant (up to $15,000): for larger individual and collaborative projects.

Request for Proposals 2015-16

The new McMurtry Building for the Department of Art & Art History is set to be completed in Spring 2015 and open for use in Fall 2015. This building incorporates one of the key tenets of the department into its very structure—the strands of art scholarship and art practice run alongside and interlock with each other. This department, which houses undergraduate degrees in art history, art practice, and film and media studies, and graduate degrees in art history, art practice, design, and documentary film, speaks to the wide array of subjects and methodologies incorporated within these disciplines. The McMurtry Building will also house a new 125-seat flexible presentation space with retractable seats, which can serve as a classroom, a performance space, or a pop-up gallery. The space also has a glass door, which can be opened to host outdoor performances, or covered with screens of varying levels of opacity.  More information about the McMurtry Building is available here:

In this round of Programming and Events grants, special attention will be given to applications for events and programs inspired by or connected to the opening of the McMurtry Building. This may involve projects speaking to the interdisciplinary intersection embodied in the building. It may also involve projects proposed to take place in the building itself, taking advantage of its new resources, including the flexible presentation space. Please note that any project proposed to take place in the McMurtry Building must have the full approval of the Department of Art & Art History in order to be considered. Contact Elis Imboden, Department Administrator, to obtain approval.

While special attention will be paid to projects inspired by the opening of the McMurtry Building for the Department of Art & Art History, other projects that showcase innovative approaches to arts research and practice will also be considered.